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Bradbury Mountain Hawkwatch: Week 2

Updated: Apr 6

The weather was a bit more unsettled this week, with rain or fog forcing total or partial shutdowns of the count on 3 days. When we were up there, winds were often southerly, bringing chilly seabreezes with it. Thanks to a stellar flight on 3/27 of 315 raptors, we have reached what may be an all-time high count for March. Any March over 500 is very good. Turkey Vultures finally seemed to be moving in good numbers, and we are still seeing good numbers of Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks. Sharp-shinned Hawks are beginning to become more numerous, and we saw our first American Kestrels and Osprey of the season this week. Canada Goose and blackbird migration was strong this week. Other highlights included 2 small groups of Sandhill Cranes on 3/27 and the first Tree Swallows of the spring.


Week 2 Totals (current week - total to date - 2020 total)


BLACK VULTURE 0-2-1

TURKEY VULTURE 308-343-557

OSPREY 1-1-401

SWALLOW-TAILED KITE 0-0-0

MISSISSIPPI KITE 0-0-0

BALD EAGLE 23-41-89

NORTHERN HARRIER 6-8-58

SHARP-SHINNED HAWK 19-22-776

COOPER’S HAWK 13-27-56

NORTHERN GOSHAWK 1-1-6

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 40-63-65

BROAD-WINGED HAWK 0-0-2531

SWAINSON’S HAWK 0-0-0

RED-TAILED HAWK 37-86-136

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 0-0-0

GOLDEN EAGLE 0-0-0

AMERICAN KESTREL 12-12-249

MERLIN 5-8-79

PEREGRINE FALCON 1-2-8

UNIDENTIFIED RAPTOR 8-16-45


TOTAL 458-623-5057


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